UCTC is excited to announce our new initiative that will place teachers in Micronesia. Students will have the opportunity to take classes with the Lynch School of Education over 26 months, obtaining a Master of Arts in Curriculum & Instruction, while living and working at Xavier High School in Chuuk, Micronesia. Members of UCTC Micronesia will have the opportunity to live and teach internationally in one of the most beautiful landscapes on earth.
“Teaching in Micronesia has been a humbling experience where I have been able to grow academically, emotionally and spiritually. I am continually blown away by how, with very little, Xavier continues to offer an extremely successful Jesuit education able to empower students into becoming competent, conscientious and compassionate leaders. At the same time, the beauty of the culture, people and place has drawn an extremely committed group of people from all over the world, making my work environment a unique and vibrant place. ”
- Admission to the Lynch School of Education (Curriculum & Instruction) - Before being admitted to UCTC, candidates must first be accepted to the Master of Education Program in Curriculum & Instruction in the Lynch School of Education at Boston College. UCTC will review candidates prior to notification of acceptance to the Lynch School; however, final decisions cannot be made regarding any candidates for UCTC until the Lynch School has made all admissions decisions. Individuals need to have graduated from an accredited undergraduate institution of higher education in order to apply to the Lynch School graduate program.
- Calling to teach in an international Jesuit Catholic school - Successful candidates to UCTC Micronesia have discerned a desire to teach in a Jesuit Catholic school serving Micronesian students and see teaching in this setting as a calling.
- Desire to live in an intentional faith-based community and to grow in one's own faith - Community living is a required component of program participation. UCTC members live, learn, and actively support each other throughout the two-year commitment. All participants must have a desire and be willing to commit themselves to focusing on their own continued faith formation.
- Hunger and willingness to live and learn in a different cultural context – Members will live, teach, build community, and be immersed for two consecutive years (10 months each year) at Xavier High School, in Chuuk, Micronesia. A desire and commitment to actively and intentionally engage, participate in, and learn from the students and surrounding community of Chuuk is essential.
- Rigorous Catholic school teacher preparation program - Through courses, experience in your teaching placement at Xavier High School, workshops, reflections, and a number of other opportunities, you will be both continually challenged and supported in your growth into an excellent Catholic school teacher.
- Individual faith formation opportunities - UCTC offers participants the opportunity for weekly faith sharing, retreats, spiritual direction, pilgrimages, and full engagement in community living and simplicity.
- Developmental support from mentors, supervisors, and coaches - Each participant in UCTC will be assigned a supervisor and mentor in her/his school placement as well as a BC coach.
- Mutual support through community living - Community living offers challenges, but also great support. In community participants find a unique support system amongst a group of individuals experiencing the same challenges and successes.
- Tuition remission - UCTC covers the cost of all credit hours (30) in the Master's Degree in Curriculum & Instruction in the Lynch School of Education at Boston College.
- Housing – Xavier and UCTC covers all rent and utilities in the required community housing. Housing during summer classes at BC is also covered by the program.
- Opportunity for federal student loan deferral - As graduate students, UCTC members have the opportunity for federal student loan deferment. BC Financial Aid will support you in seeking this deferral; however, each individual is responsible for their own undergraduate student loans.
- Boston College TELL Certification - Through the UCTC program of Study in Curriculum & Instruction in the Lynch School of Education, all UCTC participants will complete the requirements of the BC TELL Certificate.
- Catechetical Educators Certification - Through Boston College's STM Crossroads program all UCTC participants complete the Catechetical Educators Certification. (For more information visit the STM Crossroads site. Please note that completion of the certificate requires approximately one online four week course per semester must be completed.)
- Monthly simple living stipend - Participants receive a $50 stipend payment each month during the 20 months in Chuuk at Xavier and a $650 stipend for the 6 months (over 3 summers) at Boston College. While at Xavier, the school provides all meals.